ColAR Mix Skype

Our second grade classes were super lucky to Skype with Adrian Clark all the way from New Zealand today!  Adrian works for a company called Puteko and is the original inventor of the colAR Mix app.

If you aren't familiar with the app, here is a video to show you how the app works.  It is pretty amazing and you can hear a chorus of "Whoa!" in the room every time someone holds the iPad up to their coloring and it springs into action.


The colAR mix app uses augmented reality to allow students to print, color-in and see their coloring come alive in a 3D animated environment on iPads.  Their images pop out of the paper with their coloring patterns in high detail and students can interact with their images and give life to their drawings and colorings.  Some of the coloring pages allow the students to tap buttons on screen see their fireworks launch or have a soccer player kick the ball.  It's pretty amazing and the app is free!  There are some inexpensive in-app purchases that are well worth it though and it goes to help support further development of the app as well as new R&D.

We submitted questions ahead after brainstorming with our students and seeing what they wanted to know about colAR mix.  

They were pretty amazed to learn how different the time zones were too since Adrian was 19 hours ahead of us the next day.  We met with him at 1:00 p.m. MT which was 8:00 a.m. in New Zealand.

To help answer the student questions, Adrian talked to our students about the importance of education and how much Math is involved to be able to create the app.  He also told out students that if they didn't think they were very good at math there are artists, psychologists and a bunch of other people that worked on the app and they were all very important to making the app work and it took the talents of everyone to make their team.

We learned that markers don't work as well to color the pages in since the iPad is looking for the black lines around the shapes and dark colors make it harder for the camera to read their image correctly.  The students also wanted to know if they could make their own drawings and use the app to make them come to life.  They were pretty sad to learn they couldn't since it takes an artist to draw the images and work on the specific animations for the app.  Our students did learn though that someday they might be able to submit their own ideas or designs and see if Puteko can bring their ideas or drawings to life.

Adrian also talked to our students about how long it took to make the app (just a few months) but that the work is ongoing to see what they can come up with next.  He told our students there are some pretty cool things in the future for Puteko and the colAR mix app.

Adrian shared a few videos of the app in action and gave us glimpse at his favorite coloring as well.  The students were pretty amazed at the dragon coloring.







Mrs. Hendrickson's Classroom

Mrs. Cogdill's classroom.

Mrs. Uhing's classroom.


Adrian talking to our students.

Live from New Zealand!









Sea World San Diego


Mike from Sea World visiting with our students!


Our students were super excited to have a Google Hangout with Mike from Sea World in San Diego, California (https://twitter.com/ClydeSeaWorldSD) today! Mike has been at SeaWorld for over 20 years and you can watch a video of his Sea World story to find out more about him.


He shared with out students about how he decided to work with sharks when he was their age. There were several students talking about how they wanted to become marine biologists when they grew up.

Our students submitted questions ahead of time to help us sort through them and make sure we understood what they were asking and we had some great ideas come up. We had lots of questions to ask Mike and our students were able to learn a lot from him about sharks today.

We learned that sharks are in danger and need to be protected in order to survive.  Since we are from Nebraska, it was neat to learn what we can do to help with shark conservation even though we are not near an ocean.  Simple things like using reusable bags and bottles can help us protect sharks.

As a bonus, we were also able to watch a YouTube video of Sea World employees being able to release a shark back into the wild.



Instead of giving you all the details and facts about what we learned, we will be creating posters and comic strips using the answers to the student questions and they will be posting them to their blogs and on here as well. Keep checking back for more details and to see our student projects as they are completed!

Huge thanks to Sea World San Diego and their awesome employees for taking the time to teach us about sharks today and for allowing us to take part in their first classroom visit through video!

Sea World San Diego


Mike from Sea World visiting with our students!


Our students were super excited to have a Google Hangout with Mike from Sea World in San Diego, California (https://twitter.com/ClydeSeaWorldSD) today! Mike has been at SeaWorld for over 20 years and you can watch a video of his Sea World story to find out more about him.


He shared with out students about how he decided to work with sharks when he was their age. There were several students talking about how they wanted to become marine biologists when they grew up.

Our students submitted questions ahead of time to help us sort through them and make sure we understood what they were asking and we had some great ideas come up. We had lots of questions to ask Mike and our students were able to learn a lot from him about sharks today.

We learned that sharks are in danger and need to be protected in order to survive.  Since we are from Nebraska, it was neat to learn what we can do to help with shark conservation even though we are not near an ocean.  Simple things like using reusable bags and bottles can help us protect sharks.

As a bonus, we were also able to watch a YouTube video of Sea World employees being able to release a shark back into the wild.



Instead of giving you all the details and facts about what we learned, we will be creating posters and comic strips using the answers to the student questions and they will be posting them to their blogs and on here as well. Keep checking back for more details and to see our student projects as they are completed!

Huge thanks to Sea World San Diego and their awesome employees for taking the time to teach us about sharks today and for allowing us to take part in their first classroom visit through video!